GCP21: Southern Brazil – the next pest hotspot for cassava?

19 June, 2012 by (comments)

Warmer winters are contributing to a dangerous build-up of crop pests in the cassava-producing region of southern Brazil, according to scientists at CIAT. Potentially devastating pests such as the cassava mealybug, whitefly, lacebug and green mite – which were normally kept in check by occasional frosts and crop management practices – are now reported to be on the rise.Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

Cassava in SE Asia – the emerging threats

13 May, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT entomologist Tony Bellotti gives an illuminating update on the cassava mealybug situation in Southeast Asia, and shares his thoughts on the importance of developing an Integrated Pest Management strategy to protect cassava farmers from this and other emerging pest and disease threats in the region. Click to watch.

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Thailand in “sting operation” to kill cassava pest

15 July, 2010 by (comments)

Eco-efficient South American wasp to seek-and-destroy mealybug plague A carefully crafted emergency campaign is underway to thwart a pest outbreak wreaking havoc on cassava production in Thailand. Agricultural researchers from the Thai Department of Agriculture will release around a quarter of a million parasitic wasps in the northeastern part of the country tomorrow (July 17), as a form ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Cassava under threat

20 January, 2010 by (comments)

Pest and disease outbreaks put SE Asia on high alert CIAT scientists and their partners in Southeast Asia have issued urgent preliminary guidelines to tackle deadly pest and disease outbreaks that have crippled cassava production in parts of the region. The move follows a CIAT investigation into reports from Thailand’s eastern and northeastern regions, of damaged and stunted cassavaRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Regions